Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on homework exercises that dealt with two types of past tenses in the Spanish language. She seemed to have gotten the hang of using which tense when, and didn't struggle too much with the conjugations. She said she was happy and relieved to find Spanish concepts easy for once, as she described herself as more of a math person than a language person."
"During today's session, we worked through the student's homework, which included conjugating verbs like gustar, ser vs. estar, present-tense verbs with stem changes, and listening comprehension exercises. Her first exam is next week on Wednesday, so she requested a study session for next Tuesday. In particular, she needs additional instruction and practice with verbs like gustar. We will also review basic present tense conjugations, which she is getting much better at, ser vs. estar, and adjectives."
"We covered specific targeted vocabulary for an upcoming quiz. We reviewed some tips for pronunciation, including the silent "h" and gender rules such as words with suffix -cion are feminine, foto and moto are abbreviated and thus feminine, and syntax with modes of transport and vacation vocabulary."
"During this session, the student and I further prepared for his quiz that will be taking place on Tuesday. He received a review guide from his teacher and we focused on the things on the guide that he wanted to get some clarity on. We started off by reviewing direct object and indirect object pronouns. After going over an exercise in his book, I then created a paragraph in English that was full of direct and indirect object pronouns and I asked him to translate that to Spanish. He did an awesome job on this, which helped me to know the he fully understood the concept. The errors that he did make in this were related to gender and number agreement, which we reviewed as well. After this, we reviewed verbs that are conjugated irregularly in the preterite and went over an assignment in class that he didn't fully understand. This assignment dealt with having to choose the appropriate direct object pronoun based on the context. After going over this, he said that he felt much better. Towards the end of the session, we looked over ser and estar. Because he seemed to have a good grasp on the quiz concepts, I suggested that he spend the remainder of his study time reviewing the notes that we had created as well as going over ser and estar in his book, as we did not have as much time to dedicate to this topic. All in all, we covered quite a bit and it was a great session."
"Good first session! We worked on how to conjugate regular and some irregular verbs in the present tense, focusing on identifying and categorizing subjects in order to determine which ending to apply. The student has been put at a disadvantage because his class last year didn't provide him the foundational knowledge (i.e. vocabulary) upon which his class this year is based, but I am confident we can overcome these difficulties!"
"Today Student A began work on her comparative essay that is due next Monday relating Waiting for Godot and The Lion and the Jewel. Specifically, we covered symbolism, motifs, actions, and character relationships, all related to absurdity. She needed help with following the plot of both plays, as they related to absurdism. She had a good attitude today. I left her with resources related to both works and she worked on an outline to help her begin her essay. In terms of wins for this session, she told me that her in-class oral commentary went great, and that her teacher said that her commentary was "perfect.""